AdminDev Labs

Briding the Divide Between Systems Engineering and Computer Science

Welcome to AdminDev Labs! This is a podcast all about connecting systems engineering and computer science. I'm looking to grow and expand in my knowledge and skill set, so I can have a wider variety of topics on the show. I will occassionally do a video as well, mostly for topics that are hard to convey through audio only. If you have any requests, feel free to send them my way.

For any questions, comments, concerns, or critique, please e-mail me here. If you don't like the mailto thing, it's chris at admindev dot tech. If you have no questions, commments, conerns, or critique, that's fine too, feel free to reach out. You can also visit the forum to stop and say hi. Check out my source code repositories and LinkedIn below.

About Me


I have worked in the I.T. industry for almost 10 years! My interests are systems administration, systems architecture, operating systems, and automation. I also love software development and programming languages. Some of my more obscure interests are functional programming, real-time operating systems, and web architecture. My potential dream job would be working at a silicon company like AMD and transitioning into the software engineering side. I am pretty good with Python, Ruby, and JavaScript. I'm working on beefing up my C# and Golang ability. The site you're on right now is written on Go, by the way! ;) Most of my time is spent either on Windows 10 or Debian Buster. I enjoy using all kinds of operating systems, including FreeBSD and OpenBSD!


I enjoy playing guitar, reading, writing, and playing games. I generally play metal, in the spirit of Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, but I enjoy the older generation of heavy metal as well, like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, bands like that. My favorite kinds of books are fantasy, traditional and urban, science fiction, and techno-thrillers. My favorite books of each genre are The Icewind Dale Trilogy, The Dresden Files (White Night was probably my favorite so far), Leviathan Wakes, Zero Day, and Daemon. I play video and tabletop games. My favorite of each is Fallout: New Vegas and HellFrost. Lately, though, my favorite video game has been the next gen CRPG games, Divinity 2, Pillar's of Eternity, etc. I am running a Starfinder game and really enjoying that, dethroning my original favorite. Dungeons and Dragons will always have a special place in my heart, though! I am happily married, live with two cats, and a dog. All of the animals are from various rescue facilities (including the street!).

Work History

Here are a few of the positions I've held during my time in Information Technology.

DevOps Engineer 2 -- Jun 2019 to Present
• Configuring Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana for log parsing and visualizations.
• Systems administration tasks for node/express applications, .NET applications, and Docker hosts.
• Administation of AWS infrastructure.
• Build, configure, and update Jenkins pipelines.
• Configure build and release pipelines in Azure DevOps for on-prem and AWS locations.

DevOps Engineer -- Apr 2018 to Jun 2019
• Day to day involves managing Tomcat and Apache application servers in AWS environment.
• Integration of monitoring solutions to control uptime, costs, and reliability of resources.
• Create and deploy Infrastructure as Code using CloudFormation's Ruby SDK, Chef, Terraform, and Docker.
• Transform and automate existing I.T. practices.
• Perform continuous integration and continuous delivery with Jenkins jobs.

Support Analyst -- Sep 2016 to Dec 2017
• Supported more than 6,000 end users in fast paced environment with 100% SLA.
• Implemented companywide virus remediation plan with I.T. Ops and Information Security teams.
• Contributed to more than 100 knowledge base articles in company intranet.
• Provided QA on SQL Server, compiling and integrating data from Dev and Ops teams.
• Automated reporting services for engineer performance.

Support Engineer Aug 2015 to Sep 2016
• Deployed Windows and FreeBSD servers with RAID 5 and RAID 6 infrastructure.
• Configured disaster recovery solution in case of inclement weather, malicious intrusion, or accidental destruction.
• Customized network and database installations to customer specifications using Hyper-V and Microsoft SQL Server.

Advanced Repair Agent -- Aug 2011 to July 2015
• Reduced store turn time from 7 days to less than 24 hours.
• Gained recognition as top 10 location in client satisfaction.
• Installed and maintained data backup unit, performed weekly maintenance on routine schedule.